A TEAM from Omagh Golf Club bridged a 13-year gap by defeating neighbours Enniskillen to capture the coveted Roberts Cup in emphatic fashion on Sunday.
Trailing 6.5 to 5.5 after the first leg, the Omagh team of Sean Kelly, Andy Hyndman, Liam Bresnahan, Jordan Hyland, Eamon McAleer, Aaron McEnhill, Paul Mellon and Paul O’Keefe turned on the style to win the return leg 8-4 and claim the prestigious silverware on a final score of 13.5 to 10.5.
Kelly and Hyndman were the only two survivors of the victorious 2002 team and while the class of 2015 played their part to the full it was the young brigade who stole the show.
Hyland and McAleer have yet to reach their 16th birthdays but their play throughout displayed a golfing maturity well beyond their years.
Eamon recorded six birdies and eagled the 18th par four during his round while the highlights of the day were Jordan’s chip shot from the left side of the tricky 13th green where his short putt for par was conceded and Eamon’s eagle at the 18th when he holed out a chip over a green-side bunker to halve the first match.
Club captain Brendan McLaughlin said the memorable triumph was a fitting climax to a hugely successful season for the club.
“Winning the Roberts Cup is a big thing for the club,” he said.
Earlier in the season Omagh also won the Jack Craig Cup, a mixed competition contested by clubs from throughout Ulster.
A total of 20 teams took part during one day of competition with Omagh ultimately emerging victorious
LIKE all aspiring young golfers Omagh’s Eamonn McAleer will be glued to this weekend's Ryder Cup action